Employee FAQ’s

What is TalentGro?

TalentGro, a division of Hamilton-Ryker, provides a collaborative approach towards a total workforce development solution for the skills gap we are facing. We are dedicated to helping companies hire great people such as veterans, active military, unemployed and under-employed, or anyone who is willing to learn new skills in an apprentice model.

How much does an apprentice make?

Apprenticeships are “earn-while-you-learn” programs. The apprentice gets paid a starting salary with increases paid upon completing established benchmarks. Apprenticeships have different starting wages, depending on the occupation and company where you will work.

What does it cost to become an apprentice?

Apprenticeships pay you to learn and work. Unlike traditional degree programs, and internships which you must pay for, apprenticeships pay you as you learn a skill or trade. What it costs you is time, effort and energy. You’ll make a fair salary, get an education and learn a skill that can last you a lifetime. And you will receive a nationally recognized certificate.

Who pays for the apprentice program?

Some programs are funded by the employer and some programs are sponsored by the Department of Labor or other Workforce grants. In order to know if you’re eligible for these grants, you’ll have to have an initial interview with our staff members who can help qualify you for funding. Veterans, active military and their families may be eligible for federal funding. Unemployed and under-employed candidates may also be eligible for grants.

How do I become an apprentice?

Due to their popularity, apprenticeship programs aren’t always able to accept every applicant. And since each industry sets its own standards, requirements can vary by field or by region. Typically, the minimum age requirement for these programs is 18, and candidates must have a high school diploma or GED. Although acceptance to an apprenticeship program hinges on a wide range of variables, graduating through the program requires proficiency, the ability to complete tasks as described, and the physical ability to do the job.

In some cases, apprentices are required to pay for some of their upfront costs. For example, even though training is paid, they might be required to purchase their own uniforms, work boots, basic tool kit, and safety equipment, such as goggles and gloves. Apprentices should also count on paying for their own transportation to and from any classroom training or applicable job sites. A lot of training is online, so you must have either a smartphone or access to the internet.

Where are the classes?

The majority of our classes are online, so you must have access to the internet via a smartphone, computer, laptop or tablet such as an iPad.

How long are the apprenticeships?

It may not take as long as you think. The majority take one to four years to complete; some apprenticeship programs can take as little as one year to finish. You’ll typically work full-time hours as an apprentice while receiving classroom instruction.

What happens when I am done?

Apprenticeships pay off. According to the Department of Labor, the average annual salary for an apprentice who completes his or her program is more than $40,000. Compared to high school graduates, workers who complete an apprenticeship can earn approximately $300,000 more over the course of their careers!

Do you have programs for veterans?

Absolutely. We have full programs for veterans, active military and their families! We work closely with several veterans’ groups such as TrainOurTroops and State Veterans Administrations to ensure we are helping the brave men and women who have served our country. Contact us today for a full list of Apprenticeships available and funding opportunities.

Company FAQ’s

Why would companies use an apprentice?

Many companies are struggling to find the talent they need due to what’s referred to as a “skills gap”. Although there are millions of unemployed individuals, America still has approximately 7 million unfilled jobs. Apprenticeships provide the upskilling and reskilling of American workers through traditional and work-based learning programs. An apprentice is an ideal way for companies to get the skills they need, workers to get the training and education they need – while they earn a living to support themselves and their families! It’s a perfect match!

What does it cost a company to have an apprentice program?

TalentGro will become the sponsor of the Apprenticeship program and will work with your company to develop a program customized to your specifications. We’ll handle the reporting associated with the Department of Labor requirements. The apprentice will work at your company as a full-time worker, and you will be responsible for their wages and associated charges. There are many Apprenticeship grants and programs set up to help companies establish Apprenticeships, and we’ll work together to find these grants to help offset educational expenses.

What types of apprenticeships do you offer?

There’s a common misconception that apprenticeships are for the ‘blue collar’ sector. While that might have traditionally been the case, there are nearly 2500 jobs that are apprenticeable occupations. You can find apprenticeship opportunities in areas like manufacturing, IT, aviation, healthcare, design and even accounting.

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